Good morning, Whitewater.
Sunday in town will be partly cloudy and mild, with a high of forty-one. Sunrise is 7:01 and sunset 5:16, for 10h 14m 19s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 1.4% of its visible disk illuminated.
Here’s schedule of posts for the week ahead, with other posts possible (if there are changes to these scheduled posts I’ll explain why):
- Today: DB, Upcoming Seniors in Park Film, evening post
- Monday: DB, weekly Music post, WHEN GREEN TURNS BROWN post, evening post
- Tuesday: DB, weekly Education post, evening post
- Wednesday: DB, weekly Film post, Revisiting Kozloff’s Dark, Futile Dream, evening post
- Thursday: DB, a restaurant review, Attorney General Schimel’s support for Wisconsin Senate Bill 656, evening post
- Friday: DB, weekly Poll, weekly Catblogging
- Saturday: DB, weekly Animation post, evening post
Friday’s FW poll asked readers which team they thought would win Super Bowl 50. Most respondents picked Carolina (58.82%). Kickoff is around 5:30 this afternoon.
On this day in 1935, Monopoly goes on sale:
The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903, when American anti-monopolist Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips, created a game through which she hoped to be able to explain the single tax theory of Henry George. It was intended as an educational tool to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies. Magie took out a patent in 1904. Her game, The Landlord’s Game, was self-published, beginning in 1906. A series of variant board games based on her concept was developed from 1906 through the 1930s that involved the buying and selling of land and the development of that land. Cardboard houses were added and rents were increased as they were added. Magie again patented the game in 1924.
According to an advertisement placed in The Christian Science Monitor, Charles Todd of Philadelphia recalled the day in 1932 when his childhood friend, Esther Jones, now married to Charles Darrow, came to their house with her husband for dinner. After the meal, the Darrows played the game of Monopoly several times with them, a game that was entirely new to the Darrows, and before he left, Darrow asked for a written set of the rules. After Darrow brought his own Monopoly game out, the Todds never spoke to the Darrows again.
….By 1933, a variation on “The Landlord’s Game” called Monopoly was the basis of the board game sold by Parker Brothers, beginning on 6 February 1935. Several people, mostly in the Midwestern United States and near the East Coast, contributed to the game’s design and evolution, and this is when the game’s design took on the 4×10 space-to-a-side layout and familiar cards were produced. The original version of the game in this format was based on streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On this day in 1867, a famous children’s author is born:
Wisconsin’s most famous children’s author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born this day near Pepin. Although her family moved away a year later, it subsequently returned in 1870 and remained until 1874. It is this period that is immortalized in her first book, Little House in the Big Woods.